What Is Faith In Christianity?
Faith, what is it? Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. Faith is the reason we remember great people who lived in the past. It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen.
Hebrews 11: 1-3
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Here are three concepts to help you better understand what it means to have faith in God:
Faith Anchored In Truth
I have met many people who talk about having faith but do not show any outward connection to God’s word. I often hear people say, “If I just have more faith, then this or that will or will not happen.” Having a wavering faith like they display leaves them wondering why faith didn’t seem to work for them.
Faith isn’t a feeling, and it’s not a supernatural force God gives us so we can obtain what we desire. Faith is tied to God’s truth, it’s that simple.
Faith is only as strong as the person it is anchored too. We must be willing to act in faith — to love an enemy, to protect the weak, to comfort the less fortunate, simply because we believe that is what God wants us to do.
One of my favorite examples of faith is when Jesus told Simon the fisherman to let down his nets in the deep water. Simon responded to Jesus, by saying that he had worked hard all night and hadn’t caught anything. Then he said,
But because you say so, I will let down the nets
Do you see it? He said “because you say so”, and the fishermen got the biggest catch of their lives. What they discovered that day, and what we can learn from this scripture is the principle of faith in action. Faith means acting on what God says in spite of our own opinions, or previous experience. Faith is acting on the truth, even if we feel the truth or not, even if we like the truth or not, and even if we agree with the truth or not. Faith is believing in the unseen and completely trusting God.
Faith Grows In Difficulties
God allows difficulties in our lives that are not the result of anything we’ve done but are an opportunity to strengthen our faith. Losing my mother was the most difficult experience I have been through in my life so far. It is by faith that I have grown through that difficult trial and God has given me a peace and a new found joy in my heart. Through difficulties, God truly works things out for our good. Trials test the heart, showing us where faith is young and still needs to grow, and where there has been faithful growth already.
Faith gives us perspective and comes down to how we view life’s hardships through the lens of God’s Word. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
The book of Hebrews is the best place to learn about lessons on faith. In Hebrews 12, we learn how the faith of a Christian is a lot like running a race:
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder, and perfecter of our faith
Faith isn’t a quick sprint the race of faith is a long distance marathon. It requires a steady, daily dependence on the teachings of God. If faith doesn’t exhibit this daily dependence, when the challenges of life come, you will not be prepared to take the next steps.
When you believe God’s Word and trust His promises in all the challenges of your own life, you enter into a stronger faith. By faith, you can do great things by God’s power and for His glory.
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